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Cyclists sought for Cultural Olympiad tree of light

Cyclists producing electricity
Image caption Riders will be 15m (49ft) up in the tree as they pedal to generate power to light it up

Cyclists are needed to power a giant Tree of Light sculpture lit by low energy LED bulbs in Oxford.

The 16m (52ft) tree will form part of a Cultural Olympiad art project, celebrating trees on the River Thames.

Around 50 cyclists are being sought to pedal bikes 15m (49ft) up in the tree, in eight-minute stints, to light the sculpture.

It will be the centrepiece for the city's Olympic Torch Relay celebrations on 9 July.

An outdoor performance around the tree will feature visual art, music, dance and drama from 1,200 local performers and a 450-strong choir.

The project's creative director Charlie Morrissey said: "Using cyclists to generate power for the performance fits perfectly with the environmental spirit of the project.

"It's a rare situation where the term 'once in a lifetime' is appropriate. Where so many people - from seven to 70 - are coming together en-masse to create something very powerful and life-affirming.

"It's a brilliant way to be part of the Olympic celebrations."

A finale performance will be held at dusk in the grounds of Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames on 21 July.

The Tree Of Light is a joint project between various organisations that have secured £1.2m in grants from Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council.

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